Monday, 31 August 2009


Buskerfest has just ended. For you non-Torontonians, Buskerfest is a four-day festival in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood where performers from around the world perform in the blocked-off streets. It's been going on for ten years now. There are stiltwalkers, clowns (more Cirque du Soleil than Ringling Bros.), acrobats and aerialists, amazing contraptions and tiny dancers, people who like playing with fire, puppeteers and magicians, and more. They put on shows that last about fifteen minutes, varying their performance spaces around the street, then pass the hat for donations. It was my first Buskerfest as a vendor and so much fun just being there, Friday's crummy weather notwithstanding. I felt like such a carnie! (Carny?)

I had some lovely new customers and visitors to my hat display, as well. Like lil Kendra, pictured here. And Judit who bought her friend Sharona my black and white plaid bucket hat for her birthday. My hat will soon be off to live in Israel! A few weeks ago a blue one went to live in Italy. Hats By Anne goes international!

And Darla, she of the "Many Hatty Returns" blog.

Come see some pictures from this special weekend

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Band Aid

Jane, the first customer ever to buy one of my new bands with an artfully stripped coq feather and beaded medallion.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

August 22 Market Report

Another summer Saturday at St. Lawrence Market. Changeable weather, but no tornadoes, thank goodness. Many joyous peals of wedding bells from St. James Cathedral behind me. First time I've noticed that, actually.

I'm making hats for fall/winter now. Here is Christine in hers.

Monday, 10 August 2009


This is Sebastian, looking in this hat, as he put it, "adorable like a baby kitten." Sebastien was the funniest thing that happened last weekend.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Adrian in "Audrey"

Everyone said this hat reminds them of Audrey Hepburn. I have to agree. Here is "Audrey" being modeled by its new owner, Adrian.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Market Report

Here we are again, for week two of our St. Lawrence Market adventure.

Friday was exciting, as my first Market customer picked up her bespoke hat and graciously posed for this commemorative photo. Doesn't she look great? Jane, you hold a special place in my milliner's heart. Merci!